Ken Tagg was born in Lakemba in 1942 and was the second of seven children. At the age of fourteen Ken had to leave school and work to support the family. When he was eighteen he started what was to be a twenty-two year career with the Coca Cola Company and became the first Sales Representative Coca Cola employed in Australia and indeed the World.
Ken was successful in gaining entrance to the Coca Cola Management Development Program that meant 13 years of night school. Ken went on to became General Manager of the Fountain Division that covered Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
In 1982, Ken left Coca Cola and set up as a McDonalds franchisee at Minto. From this first restaurant Ken expanded his business to operate eleven McDonalds restaurants spread across the Macarthur Region. These restaurants employed over 8,000 young people who started their working life at McDonalds.
Ken made many innovative and lasting changes to the way in which McDonalds does its business. He was responsible for the introduction of extended trading hours at McDonalds by including a breakfast menu, continuous Happy Meals and Value Priced Combo Meals, which are now an integral part McDonalds worldwide.
Ken was awarded the “Australian Franchisee of the Year” and “NSW Franchisee of the Year” in 1994 and the winner of the “Golden Arches Award” which recognised his achievement in the top 1% of McDonalds Owner/Operators World Wide.
Ken Tagg has always had a strong commitment to the Macarthur Region and its community and has been involved with a number of key regional organisations: he was a Founding Director of the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre, and of the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, has been involved with a number of MACROC initiatives, sat on the Committee for the Camden and Campbelltown Sustainable Regions Program and is actively involved in Kids of Macarthur.
Ken is now retired and enjoys spending his time with his five children and eleven grandchildren as well as travelling and competing in the sport of camp drafting.